Monday, May 4, 2009

A Walk to Beautiful

I finally had a chance to watch A Walk to Beautiful. I've been meaning to see it for a quite a while. I'm so glad that I did.

It is inspiring and sad, heart-warming and informational. Other than it being a condition related to pregnancy, I didn't know much about fistula before I saw this film. An obstetric fistula is a hole in the tissues between either the vagina and the bladder or between the vagina and rectum or both, leaving the woman incontinent. A fistula is caused by an obstructed labor. In the case of this film, Ethiopian women must perform hard physical work from the time that they are young girls. This coupled with under- nourishment produces small adult women with tiny pelvises. Women also commonly start having babies around the age of 14 or 15.

Because of their unsanitary condition and their loss of their abilities as a wife to provide children, these young women are ostracized from their community.

The "beautiful" part of this film is the Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa. Through the skill and compassion of those running the clinic the women of the surrounding areas are given a new lease on their lives. The effects extend beyond tissue repair; the women are educated about their physiology and are given confidence through new friendships and the caring practices of the staff.

Learn more about fistula and support this wonderful project thought the Fistula Foundation.

This movie is available thought the Netflix "Watch Now" feature.


Seth said...

Obstetric fistula is truly devastating problem and I a mvery pleased that A Walk to Beautiful highlighted the plight of these women in Ethiopia. The simple truth is that the problem is far greater than Ethiopia and has at least 2 million women living in absolute hell. I run a startup non-profit based in Austin that is focused on help these women - all of them. Not just those in one country, but everywhere. Besides funding local doctors to treat these women, we fund local social workers to help reintegrate them. Check out for more details.

Kate Zondervan said...

Thank you, Seth, for taking the time to comment on my post about fistula. Thanks also for the link to your NGO-- seems like you all are doing very important work.

Leah R-C said...

Dear Kate,
I work for Engel Entertainment, the company that created the film "A Walk to Beautiful," and only just came across your post. Thank you! I'd love to be in touch with you, but can't find your contact information. You can reach me, however, at
All the best,